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Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from Bishop’s House, Balasore!


ST. TERESA OF KOLKATA

The Catholic community in India feel proud to have Mother Teresa as St. Teresa of Kolkata. Though many of us watched the Canonization ceremony on television, Bishop Thomas who was present at St. Peter’s Square during the occasion, shares the following:
“The historic and thrilling event of the Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta took place in Rome on 4th September 2016. It was a matter of great joy for me to be personally present in Rome for it and I cherish vivid memory of it. I was personally acquainted with Mother Teresa. Besides 400 Bishops from all over the world, a large number of Priests, Religious Sisters an estimated crowd of five lakhs personally witnessed this spectacular and unique event in St. Peter's Square. It was really marvellous.
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History of the Diocese

The Present Ecclesiastical territory of Balasore, Comprising the 4 civil Districts : Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar of Orissa State, was under the Archdiocese of Calcutta until 1968.Though the origin of Christianity in this part of North East Orissa can be traced back to 1514 with a Portuguese settlement in Pippilli, Balasore got a resident Priest in the person of Fr. Sapport S.J. only in 1865. He had built a beautiful church (Lal Girja) in Balasore and had started a Foundling Home, which later was looked after by the Daughters of the Cross (DC). Fr Sapport S.J. was said to be the Pioneer Missionary of Balasore. In 1915, the Daughters of St. Joseph of Chembery had arrived and opened a Convent and a School in Balasore which was functioning until 1938.  Read More....

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